Tuesday, February 23, 2010

partners in change

Sounds familiar doesn't it?

I encourage you to take a look at the thoughtful work and ideas behind Design Corps. Design Corps' focus is on architecture and planning. In contrast, I would describe ours as interiors, products and graphics. As such, I think it's safe to say that Design Corps is a natural partner in the design community.

centering what we do

Patrick and I are on the search for authors/texts that address issues of design and community. I look forward to reading these books and anticipate this list getting much longer...
  • Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Edited by Bryan Bell + Katie Wakeford)
  • Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture (Edited by Bryan Bell)
  • Studio at Large: Architecture in Service of Global Communities (Sergio Palleroni + Christine Merkelbach)
  • Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (Architecture for Humanity)
  • Design for the Other 90% (Cynthia E. Smith)
  • Light Imprint Handbook: Integrating Sustainability and Community Design (Thomas E. Low)
We're also interested in design handbooks:
  • Information Design Workbook: Graphic Approaches, Solutions, and Inspiration + 300 Case Studies (Kim Baer)
  • The Information Design Workbook (Jenn + Ken Visocky O'Grady)
  • Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors & Students (Ellen Lupton)
  • D.I.Y.: Design it Yourself (Ellen Lupton)
And books on community:
  • Creative Community Builder's Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture (Tom Borrup)

the wheels on the logo go round and round

cxd logo exploration
This turned out to be a fun task. Designing is much easier when you have a solid foundation of ideas by a talented group to build on: that means you!

logo schematic

I hope these sketches may spark some inspiration to complete our logo design.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

an unfinished premise

at our meeting last week, we agreed to each post a stamp like version of the logo. the only decent idea here is that there could be a stamp with the greensboro postmark. not my area of strength...so here's hoping others have met with greater success.

Friday, February 12, 2010

pencils, paper + ACTION-- let the logo draw off begin..

over the past month-- addie and i have been brainstorming, doodling, + creating ideas for our logo to establish a brand for ourselves. as you see below- we have gone through a few revisions once getting comments and suggestions from the collective group. upon take 3-- we issued a 'draw-off' amongst the group to take our logo a step further into ONE direction not three or four like we previously did. the direction we all agreed to continue with is shown in take 2- option 2: a stamp or postmark quality.

take 1:

take 2:

take 3:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

communities within communities

our studio 'synchronized swimming' outside Gateway Plaza on a cold, cold day

So excited by the great work being generated by my studio class this semester. Right now we are exploring multiple-family housing, looking at what works and what doesn't. Here are some of the students' thoughts:

“This chapter has taught me to consider the residence, work with the governing body throughout my process, and pray to God for a good design.” – Clairissa Anderson

“If these cookie cutter homes with community pools are suppose to be a way to bring people together, why is that, that's not always the situation?” – Tracey Wright

“We need to research why certain communities work, so that we can better design for the future. Let’s bring everyone together as one big positive community.” – Hope Talley

“It is necessary to cooperate with a design itself and its given surroundings to fulfill the designer's duties.” – Young Moon

“Altogether, I want to learn how to be more thoughtful in my design so that I don’t create places that ignore the people, but rather embrace them.”- Kelsey Rhodes

“If structures are built solely for the purpose of sheltering humans or building eye-catching homes, they are not answering all the needs of a neighborhood’s community.” – Felicia Dean

Learn more about this studio here.

Friday, February 5, 2010

challenging design opportunity

sterling ridge, florida, 2009

i don't quite know where i'm going with this, but i was struck by the content of this blogpost via the NEW YORK TIMES opinionator that speaks of the over-abundance of space in our homes + cities. something to consider as we ponder directions for design interventions...

Monday, February 1, 2010

they sat so we can stand

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum opened its doors today in Greensboro, and I could not miss being a part of the crowd that honored it with a visit. As I entered the Center, I had to make a huge effort not to let a tear run down my face. I was deeply moved as I witnessed that many of the visitors were people who had lived those years of uncertainty and drastic social changes.

Another thought came to my mind. I don't think the four young men who walked in Woolworth's 50 years ago today, sat down and requested service had any idea that their courageous act would contribute in changing an entire nation. And I don't think they ever suspected that the place from which they were kicked out would today become a landmark for social justice. These young men simply sat down, so we can stand.